May 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 11% in May according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT.
180,111 cars were registered in the month, with the market 11% or 17,823 units up on May 2012 (which was up 7.9% (or 11,857 units) on May 2011).
“The performance of new car registrations in May marks a significant milestone for UK automotive, with cars registered by private buyers rising more than 20%, bettering pre-recession volumes posted in 2007,” said SMMT Interim Chief Executive, Mike Baunton. “While it is clear that buying confidence among UK motorists is very strong, continued economic uncertainty abroad, particularly in the rest of Europe, will mean that manufacturers remain cautious about performance in the second half of 2013.”
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